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SEE130 - Ethical perspectives on global systems
Etiska perspektiv på globala system
Course syllabus adopted 2021-02-18 by Head of Programme (or corresponding)
Owner: TKGBS
2,0 Credits
Grading: UG - Pass, Fail
Education cycle: First-cycle
Main field of study: Global systems

Teaching language: Swedish
Application code: 74118
Open for exchange students: No
Status, available places (updated regularly): Yes

Module   Credit distribution   Examination dates
Sp1 Sp2 Sp3 Sp4 Summer course No Sp
0121 Project 2,0 c Grading: UG   2,0 c    

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General entry requirements for bachelor's level (first cycle)
Applicants enrolled in a programme at Chalmers where the course is included in the study programme are exempted from fulfilling the requirements above.

Specific entry requirements

The same as for the programme that owns the course.
Applicants enrolled in a programme at Chalmers where the course is included in the study programme are exempted from fulfilling the requirements above.


The aim of the course is to have students start to articulate and analyse their own ethical positions and to understand the perspective of others. Students should also gain insight into how ethical perspectives affect how, and which global systems should be studied. The course also serves as an extension of the first year course Introduction to global systems through project, seminars and activities.

Learning outcomes (after completion of the course the student should be able to)

• Know and explain basic ethical concepts
• Reflect on how different ethical points of departure affect studies of global systems.
• Describe, analyze and manage possible ethical consequences
• Make well-founded assessments of possible ethical consequences, based on knowledge of ethics theory / moral philosophy
• Formulate arguments for and discuss decisions that lead to ethical consequences


Basic ethical concepts and principles. Study case studies in real life and discuss which aspects of ethics are relevant to global systems and how they were solved. Students debate from different perspectives and think about the role of GS engineers.


The course consists of
1) Lectures on ethical concepts
2) Case studies.
3) Debates
4) Seminar on ethical aspects of global systems


To be announced on the course website.

Examination including compulsory elements

Active participation of 75% of seminars and lectures
Submit case studies and report (with satisfaction)
Active participation in debates

The course examiner may assess individual students in other ways than what is stated above if there are special reasons for doing so, for example if a student has a decision from Chalmers on educational support due to disability.

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